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Atlas of ReUrbanism: Buildings and Blocks in American Cities

This report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation serves as a resource for city leaders and urban advocates to deepen understanding of the cities they love. Developed by the Preservation Green Lab, the Atlas of ReUrbanism uses increasingly accessible data about cities to explore the connections between the physical character of urban development and a range of economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Whether you’re a mayor, planner, developer, or advocate, the Atlas of ReUrbanism offers detailed information about buildings... Read more

Mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San Jose, and Washington, D.C., Selected as 2017 Daniel Rose Fellows

The National League of Cities (NLC) and ULI announced that mayors from four U.S. cities—Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C.—have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Mayors will lead teams from their cities, which will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI, and their peers from the other fellowship cities. The Rose Center’s mission is to... Read more

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

One of the first highways in the US to be eliminated to make way for a park was Portland, Oregon’s Harbor Drive built on the shore of the Willamette River. In 1974 the transformation work began that gave rise to Tom McCall Park. (Source: Arch Daily)
Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease. As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. Read more... Read more

Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

(Source: VTPI)
This report examines how urban living affects residents’ mental health and happiness, and ways to use this information to create saner and happier cities. This report examines specific mechanisms by which urban living can affect mental health and happiness, and identities practical strategies that communities and individuals can use to increase urban mental health and happiness. This analysis suggests that it is possible to create sane and happy cities. Read more... Read more

Survey of 50 U.S. Cities Sees Benefits of Historic Preservation

Los Angeles  Matt Machin / Flickr)
Created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, the Atlas of ReUrbanism examines more than 10 million buildings of all ages, scoring urban areas by the median age of buildings, the diversity of ages in an area, and the size of buildings and parcels. According to the report, areas with only new buildings are less likely to promote entrepreneurial activity, density, and diversity than areas with a mixture of new and old. Places with older, smaller buildings... Read more

$4.1 Billion in New Markets Tax Credits Goes to Major Urban Areas

The Eastern Lofts development in North Philadelphia, a historic commercial garage rehabilitated and repurposed with financing via New Markets Tax Credits (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)
The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, a Treasury program that focuses on economic revitalization in underserved communities, just announced $7 billion in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), the largest single allocation yet. Around $4.1 billion will be invested in major urban areas, and another $1.4 billion in minor urban areas, defined as counties in a metropolitan area with a population less than 1 million, including both central city and surrounding suburbs. Read more... Read more

New Obama Order Focuses on Improving How Feds Work With Cities

Detroit (Credit: james / Flickr)
In a bid to improve coordination between the federal government and cities, counties, and tribes, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to create a Council on Community Solutions. The Council, which will include representatives from across the federal government, will aim to streamline how local governments interact with federal resources. The order builds on a growing trend whose advocates point to innovative solutions coming from the bottom up, not the top down; per that thinking, the federal government needs... Read more
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